Numbers 4* The Levites' service. (1-3) The duties of the Kohathites.(4-20) The duties of the Gershonites and Merarites. (21-33) Thenumbers of the serviceable Levites. (34-49)1-3 The middle-aged men of the tribe of Levi, all from thirtyyears old to fifty, were to be employed in the service of thetabernacle. The service of God requires the best of ourstrength, and the prime portion of our time, which cannot bebetter spent than to the honour of Him who is the First andBest. And the service of God should be done when we are mostlively and active. Those do not consider this who put offrepentance to old age, and so leave the best work to be done inthe worst time. 4-20 The Kohathites were to carry the holy things of thetabernacle. All the holy things were to be covered; not only forsecurity and respect, but to keep them from being seen. This notonly marked the reverence due to holy things, but the mystery ofthe things signified by those types, and the darkness of thedispensation. But now, through Christ, the case is altered, andwe are encouraged to come boldly to the throne of grace. 21-33 We have here the charge of the other two families of theLevites, which, though not so honourable as the first, yet wasnecessary, and to be done regularly. All the things weredelivered them by name. It intimates the care God takes of hischurch and every member of it. The death of the saints isrepresented as the taking down of the tabernacle, #2Co 5:1|, andthe putting it off, #2Pe 1:14|. All shall be raised up in thegreat day, when these vile bodies shall be made like theglorious body of Jesus Christ, and so shall be for ever with theLord. 34-49 God so ordered it, that though the Merarites were thefewest in number, yet they should have most able men among them;for whatever service God calls men to, he will furnish them forit, give strength in proportion to the work, and gracesufficient. The least of the tribes had many more able men thanthe Levites: those who engage in the service of this world, aremany more than those devoted to the service of God. May oursouls be wholly devoted to his service.
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